400 Tasting Notes


After posing the question, how does one make real chai? I did some reading and came up with a suitable method that seemed real. A friend of mine just had twin boys, eek, so I am trying to cook up some meals for her and the now 4 “men” in her family. The real chai method is suppose to be messy so tonight I thought heck, what is one more mess to clean up. I am so glad I made the rest of this with the Tiff real chai method, it was so worth the mess. The method went as follows:

There was about 1.5 T left of this and it was mostly spices so I dumped the remainder of the package into a pot with 8oz water and 8oz milk. I turned on the heat, brought it to a light boil, turned my back until I heard the sound of milk almost boiling over my pot, woops. Turned the heat back down and let it simmer for 6 mins. At 6 mins I added about 1.5 tsp of LB and let it sit for 3 mins. Then I poured the mess into my strainer added some honey and CHAI HEAVEN!! I will call that a successful mess! Now I wish I had more of this lovely blend. It was vanilla, citrus and a fun mix of spices. If this shows up again and a Verdant blend, count me in.


Yum. And i cannot imagine having twins. Lots of luck to your friend!

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drank Brick Aged White Tea by Shang Tea
400 tasting notes

I went for a long walk tonight that happened to take me by the Crown Center, once at crown center my little legs couldn’t help but make a stop by Shang’s. I mean they did move to the first floor and all so I didn’t even have to climb 3 flights of stairs:) Once in the store there was no hope. I had to make a purchase.

This tea is one I had seen recently on the web site that caught my eye. I have recently been trying more sheng and white teas so this seemed like a fun one to try. Boy am I glad I picked up an ounce of this. This tea is really sweet. There are lots of hints of honey. There is a slight tang, and hints of clementines. This tea is so smooth. There is something else in there but I can’t tell you what. I guess I will just have to have another cup!

Yeah to more Shang tea. I am so blessed to have such great tea in my backyard!


You are so lucky. I would be there every week


I am glad that it is a far enough walk that it takes some thought and that it is not on my way to anywhere, otherwise I would really be in their every week.

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I received a small sample of this from EvaGrim awhile back. Thank you!

We received our secret pumpkin assignments today. Oh man, I am excited. I have been scouring their wish list and dreaming up a package, then I get all nervous and hope that they will like it.

Anywho, onto this tea. It is a nice green flavor with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. I also get the roasted nut flavor. This seems to me to be a fun twist on genmachia? I like this one. If Butiki blends somehow magically stick around I could see myself drinking this in the future, but not something I will try to acquire in the last ditched effort to try everything Butiki.


I’m excited about secret pumpkin, too! I’ve been scouring wish lists and cupboards and tasting logs and the internet in general to find the right gift.

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I received this sample from Cameron B. Thank you for sharing!

I have been in a huge chai mood lately. I have been making a huge mug of it whenever I am home at night. I blame it on the fall. I have been drinking a standard black masala chai. This is nice upgrade. The blend of spice to tea was pretty good, the spices seem to hold up to the addition of milk and the base shines through enough that I know that I am actually drinking tea. The base makes this a think mouthful with the milk that I added. I am really enjoying this mug. I have a few chai’s I have to finish up, but an ounce of this may show up on my next order depending on how long the chai cravings last.

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It has been a week and a half of sample cleanup for me. For a bit in August I wasn’t drinking a lot of tea and when I was I was only drinking my favorites. I was just in that funk of not wanting to try anything new. I am back to wanting to give a few new things a try and this is one that I gave a whirl today.

This isn’t my favorite kusmi tea that I have tried, but it is okay. I will say that I am pretty sure I oversteeped this puppy. A co-worker came into talk when I had just put my infuser in my cup. It had a beramont, floral taste to the tea, but for me the floral took over for me. This is one I am glad I got to try, but not one I need to buy.

Thank you Cameron B for allowing me to try quite a few of the Kusmi teas.

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I received this in a swap from Cameron B. Thank you!

This is one I have been wanting to try for awhile. I really like dark oolongs. One of the first oolongs I tried was a roasted oolong that had a similar flavor profile. At first I was really turned off by the smell, but soon I grew to crave the taste of the tea. This tea reminds me of that first experience with the roasted oolong.

This is roasty with hints of caramel. It is very very smooth. I was able to keep resteeping this tea for quite awhile. I will have to write more on this after I have another cup or two. Thank you again for the chance to try this wonderful tea.

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I had a cup of this last night before bed. It was a great calming cup. I like that it is light, the jasmine isn’t over powering and that there is the slight hint of peach. It is very well blended. On a night like last night it was the perfect cup. This is one of teavivre’s teas that I wish was sold in a smaller package. It is a mood tea for me so 100g seems like way to large of an amount to buy and keep in my cupboard. Maybe when I go to place an order I can find someone to split this with.

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This sample came with my recent Butiki order. Thank you Stacy!

Rose flavored teas scares me. I have had the opportunity to try a few and they are really hit or miss. This one was a HUGE hit. I am blown away by this tea. Smooth, creamy, sweet, with a nice balance of rose. This is such a calming tea. I think this will have to be added to my next order. Thank you Stacy for the opportunity to try this one.


So Yummy. I love this tea.


Cheri this was wonderful. It is definitely going on my wishlist for future orders.

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This is a tea from a swap a while back….. I had it out to send to a tea friend, but I think she might not be my tea friend anymore if I sent this to her. I will start off by saying that I am one of the few who actually really enjoy Rooibos. This however. I took one sip and YUCK! Spicy, pepper, grossness is all I got out of it. I walked over to the trash can and tossed this puppy. I know tea blasphemy , but it is still giving me the shivers.


Sounds NASTY.

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
400 tasting notes

This cup is thanks to MissB.

I am packaging up some tea to pass along and this is a tea that was requested. There were only about 2-3 tsp of this one so I took a small tsp and brewed up a cup to give it a quick try. This one is okay. It is one is okay. I definitely oversteeped it this time around. The beginning of the sip is fruity, but the end for me is very bitter. If I had it to do again I think I would cold brew this one. It seems like it would bring out the fruit taste.

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.


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